The two giant pandas from The People's Republic of China are proving the most attractive symbols of better Chinese-French relations.
GV EXTERIOR Vincennes Zoo
LV INTERIOR People looking at panda
SV Two pandas separated by wire
CU Children looking (3 shots)
CU Panda lying on its back, chewing foliage (2 shots)
SV PAN from second panda behind wire watching to panda on its back chewing
CU & SV Pandas (3 shots)
SV & CU Children
CU Panda walks to keeper who fondles it (3 shots)
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Background: The two giant pandas from The People's Republic of China are proving the most attractive symbols of better Chinese-French relations.
Chairman Mao Tse-Tung gave the Pandas to France's President Pompidou recently.
About 4,000 people a day have queued to see the pandas at Paris's Vincennes Zoo. They are both just over a year old. The male has been given the Chinese sounding name of Li-Li and the female has been called Yen-Yen.
Vincennes Zoo Director M. Rinjard flew to Peking to collect the Pandas last month. He thinks the Chinese limit the number captured, so he feels it is a great honour for a foreigner to receive a panda. There are only fourteen in captivity.
The pandas' keepers Raymond Dupuis and Marie-Yvonne Leclerc go into the cage every day but M. Rinjard amy have to consider the risks when the pandas are five or six years old. They will then weigh 100 kilos (220 pounds) and can be as dangerous as a bear.
The two pandas were caught in the Szechwan Mountain range of western China last year.
The crowd particularly enjoy watching Li-Li and Yen-Yen stretching out for their leisurely lunch of bamboo shoots.
M. Rinjard hopes he can keep his pandas in good health until they are six and ready to produce, perhaps, the first baby pandas in the West. They will probably not be allowed in the same cage until Yen-Yen is six.